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  • By Matt Scuffham and Myles Neligan. LONDON, Oct 11- Shares in Direct Line set a premium on their stock market debut on Thursday, marking a milestone for parent Royal Bank of Scotland which needed a successful float of the insurance unit as a key part of its recovery plan.

  • Shares in WM Morrison fall 1.3 percent, topping the FTSE 100 fallers list, after Credit Suisse reduces its rating for Britain's No. 4 grocer to "neutral" from "outperform" on valuation grounds, according to traders. Credit Suisse also cuts its earnings estimates for Morrison by up to 3 percent and lowers its target price to 290 pence from 320 pence.

  • UPDATE 1-Qatar's QIIB to price $700 mln sukuk Thursday Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 5:10 AM ET

    DUBAI, Oct 11- Qatar International Islamic Bank launched a $700 million sukuk on Thursday, arranging banks said, at the lower end of revised price guidance in a reflection of healthy demand for the deal. HSBC, Standard Chartered and QNB Capital. QIIB's sukuk would follow an issue from Qatar Islamic Bank.

  • UPDATE 1-GlaxoSmithKline to reveal more drug secrets Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 5:10 AM ET

    *Move follows record fraud fine in United States. LONDON, Oct 11- GlaxoSmithKline, criticised in the past for keeping important information about its medicines to itself, is to lift the lid on more of its drug secrets.

  • Philippine Sept portfolio inflows jump 172 pct y/y Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 5:04 AM ET

    -Gross foreign portfolio inflows in January to September reached $13.2 billion and gross outflows totalled $10.5 billion, resulting in a nine-month net inflow of $2.63 billion. -Inflows in September rose following news of the European Central Bank's plan to buy bonds of distressed euro zone economies and Spain's announced cuts to its budget as well as the U.S.

  • UPDATE 3-Oil pushes higher on Syria tension Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:58 AM ET

    *Turkey, Syria fighting stokes worries about Mideast supply. LONDON, Oct 11- Brent crude oil headed for its highest close in a month on Thursday, lifted by escalating tension between Syria and Turkey, maintenance in the North Sea and a supply crunch in oil products.

  • World stocks mixed after Spain gets downgrade Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:54 AM ET

    BANGKOK-- World stock markets were mixed Thursday, with Europe posting modest gains while Asia slumped after Spain, the fourth-largest euro economy, was slapped with a two-notch credit downgrade. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.2 percent to 5,791.79, Germany's DAX added 0.4 percent and France's CAC-40 advanced 0.3 percent to 3,375.40.

  • SINGAPORE/ LONDON, Oct 11- Indonesia's powerful Bakrie family has proposed a parting of ways with financier Nat Rothschild and Bumi Plc, the London- listed coal conglomerate they co-founded two years ago, after frayed tempers over allegations of financial irregularity.

  • Burberry sales growth slows as demand drops Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:45 AM ET

    LONDON-- Luxury fashion house Burberry PLC, which issued a profit warning last month, says retail sales growth slowed in the second quarter as demand weakened in Britain and China. The company said sales at stores open more than a year rose 1 percent in the three months to Sept. 30, compared with 6 percent in the previous quarter.

  • TIMELINE-Waiting for euro zone action before year-end Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:35 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- The European Central Bank's pledge to buy the bonds of troubled euro zone members flooded a wave of relief across the bloc but investors are now waiting for action to match the words.

  • UK gas prices dip on better Norway export outlook Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:35 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- British prompt gas prices eased on Thursday morning as the system was almost balanced and supplies from Norway were expected to improve by the end of the week, analysts said.

  • LONDON, Oct 11- Lo-Q PLC:. *New agreement signed with major U.S. theme park operator. *Revenue associated with the agreement is expected to scale gradually, over.

  • U.S. stock futures signal flat to higher Wall St open Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:25 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11-* U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat to higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, with futures for the S&P 500 rising 0.2 percent, the Dow Jones trading flat and the Nasdaq 100 gaining 0.3 percent.

  • Qatar's QIIB to price $700 mln sukuk Thursday Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:25 AM ET

    DUBAI, Oct 11- Qatar International Islamic Bank will issue a $700 million sukuk on Thursday, arranging banks said, and has revised earlier price guidance in a reflection of healthy demand for the deal. HSBC, Standard Chartered and QNB Capital. QIIB's sukuk would follow an issue from Qatar Islamic Bank.

  • Brent crude gains $1 on Middle East supply worry Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:22 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Brent crude oil rose by $1 on Thursday, lifted by escalating tension between Syria and Turkey, maintenance in the North Sea and a supply crunch in oil products. By 0818 GMT Brent crude oil was at $115.20 per barrel after reaching $115.33. It was on track for its highest close in a month.

  • BRIEF-Long Haul Holdings to buy back Bumi Resources Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:21 AM ET

    *Long Haul Holdings to buy back Bumi Resources and bids for entire Berau stake. relationship between Bumi PLC and the Bakrie Group interests. *Long Haul Holdings- also submitted a firm bid to purchase Bumi plc's entire.

  • LONDON, Oct 11- Palmaris Capital PLC:.

  • Spain worries hurt European equity markets Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:08 AM ET

    *S&P downgrade to Spain pegs back European equities. LONDON, Oct 11- A rating cut that added to concerns over Spain pegged back European equities on Thursday, although gains in major retail and fashion stocks enabled some key indexes to edge into positive territory.

  • Oct 11- WH Smith Plc said Chief Executive Kate Swann will step down on June 30, after running the books and stationery retailer for a decade, sending its shares down as much as 7 percent. Steve Clarke, managing director of the company's High Street division, will take over from Swann on July 1.

  • Asia Coffee-Vietnam new crop on offer; trade cautious Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:05 AM ET

    *Vietnam's new crop offered at $30 below London. SINGAPORE, Oct 11- Trading houses offered beans from Vietnam's new crop at discounts to London futures this week, but Indonesian robustas returned to premiums despite a lack of interest from roasters, dealers said on Thursday.